February 15, 2019
MODOT ASKING MOTORISTS TO STAY OFF ROADS IF POSSIBLE DUE TO WEATHER
The Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists to limit travel beginning Friday and throughout the weekend as a series of winter storms will impact roads across the state. "For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask everyone to avoid unnecessary travel once the storm begins," said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer / Chief Safety and Operations Officer. "If you don’t have to travel, please stay off the roads." According to the National Weather Service, this storm will bring snow to much of the state beginning Friday morning and continuing through the night. With this system, there will also be sleet and freezing rain. There is also the possibility of a light glazing of ice in the southern part of the state. A second round of snow is forecast for Saturday. Current road conditions are posted on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/ The map is also available as an app on your mobile device through Android Google Play and Apple iTunes, search MoDOT Traveler Information. MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
COLUMBIA MAN IN CAMDEM COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH
A Columbia man sustained moderate injuries in a motorcycle accident in Camden County on US 54 at Colvert Drive around 4:40 Thursday afternoon. The highway patrol said 31 year old Scott A. Burton was making a right hand turn and lost control on gravel and overturned. Burton was transported to Lake Area Hospital by Mercy Emergency Medical Services.
February 14, 2019
OUR NEXT WEATHER EVENT ARRIVES FRIDAY
Even though temps will be in the 40’s and 50 early on today, don't put those snow shovels and winter gloves away just yet. The first of two rounds of weekend snow arrives late Friday morning. Right now the expectation is snow amounts ranging from 1 to 4 inches. The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will push through later today which will cause winds to switch back out of the North and northwest and that will certainly cool us back down and lows tonight are forecast to be in the lower teens and even the single digits in some areas and Wind Chills well below zero. Round two is expected to start Saturday night and continue through the day Sunday and end sometime Sunday night with similar snowfall totals.
ONE OF THE MEN HOSPITALIZED FOR CARBON MONOXIDE EXPOSURE AT AIRPORT HAS DIED
One of the men who had been hospitalized due to carbon monoxide exposure at Omar Bradley Airport in Moberly has passed away. Randolph County Coroner, Don Barrett, says 29 year old Aaron Herring, of St. Louis died over the weekend from carbon monoxide poisoning. An investigation determined the carbon monoxide at the privately owned hangar at Omar Bradley airport was the result of a malfunction of a heating unit February 5th which resulted in the odorless and deadly carbon monoxide that quickly overcome the men working in the hanger. Two other people were also treated for exposure and later released from the hospital.
CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL
The driver escaped injuries but a passenger wasn’t so lucky when the vehicle they were in slid off County Road 289 at County Road 271 in Callaway County just before 2:30 pm this (Wed) afternoon. The highway patrol said 21 year old Savanna Mosley of Auxvasse was not injured, however a passenger 16 year old Nathan W. Nolan of Auxvasse was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
February 13, 2019
THREE VEHICLES, TWO DRIVERS, ONE MINOR INJURY IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH
The highway patrol investigated an accident Tuesday morning in Marion County on US 36, 7 miles east of Monroe City that involved three vehicles, two drivers and resulted in one minor injury. According to the report, 19 year old Kaden L. Baker of Hannibal was eastbound when he lost control on the ice covered roadway and struck an eastbound SUV driven by 67 year old Thomas R. Lechtenberg of Quincy, IL. The Baker auto then went off the left side of the roadway and struck an unoccupied vehicle parked on the eastbound shoulder. Baker had minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Palmyra & Monroe City Fire Departments along with the Monroe County Ambulance and Marion County Ambulance responded and provided on scene assistance. That wreck occurred just before 7:30 Tuesday morning.
TEEN ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREAT VIA SNAPCHAT
Your Source KTVO & KTVO.com reports officials with the Ralls County R-2 School District notified the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department of an alleged threat towards Mark Twain Junior-Senior High School made via the social media app “Snapchat”. Deputies reviewed the postings and arrested Tyler M. Lanier, 17, of Center, MO. According to authorities, Lanier, a student at the high school, remains in custody at last check pending the issuance of a warrant for 1st Degree Terroristic Threats. Other adults and a juvenile have also been interviewed as part of the investigation, which is on-going, and additional arrests are possible. Anyone with additional information about this matter is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY R-II BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR SESSION MEETING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019
MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Transfer of Funds (to Fund 2: $190,980.98; Fund 3: $438,256.23)
Payment of Bills
1. February 10-16, 2019 - School Board Appreciation Week
VI. Regular Agenda
Student Representatives Report
2019-2020 School Calendar
No-Tax Rate Increase Bond Presentation
5. New Business
a) Approve Bus Routes
b) Summer School 2019
a) Resource Standards Report
c) School Board Activities/Goals
Next Board Meeting March 14, 2019 at Jonesburg Elementary Multipurpose Room
Request for Executive Session (if needed) for the purpose of discussing issues associated with personnel as outlined by law (ref. 610.021.3) and all records of proceedings from said executive session be retained in accordance with the law (ref. 610.023).
February 12, 2019
TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two Louisiana teens were seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 7pm Sunday in Pike County. The patrol says that 18 year old Laura Rousan was on US 54 and passing another vehicle and also traveling too fast for road conditions when her car ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. She along with her passenger 16 year old Natalie Welch were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.
COLUMBIA POLICE REQUEST ASSISTANCE FROM FBI IN PLANNED PARENTHOOD FIRE
The Columbia Police Department has requested assistance from the FBI in investigating a fire at Planned Parenthood - Columbia Health Center. The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to investigate a fire alarm at Planned Parenthood -Columbia Health Center, 711 N. Providence Road, at 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. A small fire inside the structure was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. CPD was brought in to investigate after an assistant fire marshal determined the fire was suspicious in nature.
While the FBI will be assisting in the ongoing investigation, Columbia Police will remain the lead and all inquiries should be directed towards CPD. There is no additional information to release at this time but will be released as it becomes available.
COLUMBIA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AND MAKE ARRESTS
Detectives with the Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at 2607 Eastwood Drive at approximately 12:30 p.m. this past Friday. The warrant was served with the assistance of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) due to the nature of the crime being investigated and to ensure public and officer safety. Once inside the residence officers’ located evidence related to a reported burglary and robbery. As a result of the investigation and search warrant, two subjects were arrested. 18 year old David J. Galentine, of Columbia was arrested for Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action. He also had an outstanding Failure to Appear warrant. In addition, 21 year old Jamieon D. Parker, of Columbia was arrested for Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
February 11, 2019
FATAL HOUSE FIRE IN AUDRAIN COUNTY SATURDAY
KMIZ.com reports one person died after a house fire in Audrain County Saturday morning. 64 year old Paula Sites was found dead in the home in the 13800 block of County Road 208 around 9:30 a.m., according to Little Dixie fire officials. A neighbor reported the fire at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities said when they arrived; the home was fully involved in the fire and required mutual aid. Officials with Boone County Fire Protection District said the district sent a tanker truck to the scene. Authorities did not find anyone inside the home on their initial search. Officials said damage to the home was too extensive to determine a cause of the fire.
COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING FIRE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD
The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to investigate a fire alarm at Planned Parenthood - Columbia Health Center, 711 N. Providence Road, at 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. The first arriving unit observed a light haze in the building and upgraded the call to a commercial structure fire, resulting in additional units being dispatched. Further investigation revealed that a small fire started inside the structure and the buildings sprinkler system extinguished it. An Assistant Fire Marshal was requested to perform a fire origin and cause investigation. The investigation determined the fire was suspicious in nature so the Columbia Police Department was notified. There is no further information to release at this time due to the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE THREATS
Columbia Police was called to the Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Drive, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 after receiving a call that there was an explosive device in the building. After an extensive search, no evidence of any explosive device was found. On Friday at approximately 7:45 pm after receiving a call that a note found by a customer stated that there was an explosive device in the business at 900 Keene Street, CPD evacuated the premises and searched the property with assistance from the Boone County Fire Protection District explosive detection K-9. No evidence of any explosive device was found. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
Weekend Report- February 9-10, 2019
TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 4:55pm Friday in Boone County. The patrol says that 16 year old Kaylee Faddis of Columbia was on Route WW when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, returned to the highway, crossed the center line and struck a van driven by 50 year old Jorge Mendez of Fulton. The teen suffered moderate injuries, while the man sustained serious injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK
A man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Franklin County. 60 year old James Rush of Robertsville was eastbound on I-44 and passing a freightliner driven by 44 year old Christopher Land of Belleville, IL when Rush’s truck struck the freightliner, causing the truck to run off the right side of the road, strike a culvert and overturn. James Rush was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
MEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH
Two men from Cedar Hill, MO were hurt in a Friday morning crash in Jefferson County. 25 year old Justin Askins was on Highway 30 when he slowed down to make a turn and his freightliner was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 20 year old John Wagner of Lonedell, MO. Both Justin Askins and his passenger 44 year old Robert Darroch were taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
February 8, 2019
WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A Boonville woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 3:25pm Thursday in Cooper County. 62 year old Linda Maier was on Clear Springs Road when her Ford Explorer slid on ice, ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned, coming to rest on its side in a creek. She was taken to Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville for treatment of moderate injuries.
INVESTIGATION COMPLETE FOR CHAMOIS DRIVE FIRE IN COLUMBIA
The fire origin and cause investigation for the residential structure fire at 5405 Chamois Drive is complete. Fire investigator, Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn McGruder, determined the fire originated in an office area just south of the front door to the home. The fire is being ruled accidental. Because there were several ignition sources in the area of origin and there was significant damage, a specific cause could not be determined. However, a space heater and a shirt press cannot be ruled out as possible causes. McGruder estimates the loss at $131,250.
The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 5405 Chamois Drive on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4:03am. First arriving units observed heavy fire coming from the roof and significant overall fire involvement at the home. The responding Division Chief requested an additional company be dispatched based on radio traffic, prior to his arrival. Crews on scene deployed a pre-connected hose line and began an aggressive exterior fire attack. The home had too much fire involvement to conduct an interior attack. It took fire crews approximately one hour to bring the fire under control. The home sustained significant damage. Neighbors indicated the home was not occupied at the time of the fire. Fire investigators are performing a fire origin and cause investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available. Ten units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call. There were no reported injuries.
PUBLIC HEALTH EXERCISE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY
The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department (PHHS) is hosting public health agencies from 12 other counties for a smallpox mass vaccination clinic exercise. The event is taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church at 1634 Paris Road in Columbia. This is not a real threat nor a current concern, it’s an exercise to increase preparedness. This multi-county group regularly participates in tabletop or virtual exercises but does not often get the opportunity to participate in a functional exercise like this. In addition to the 13 counties, this exercise will include members of the Columbia/Boone County Medical Reserve Corps, local hospitals, Boone County Office of Emergency Management, senior or rehabilitative living facilities and nursing students from the area. There will also be staff from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency on site to observe the exercise. Participating public health agencies are from the following counties: Callaway, Cole, Boone, Montgomery, Osage, Miller, Audrain, Morgan, Cooper, Howard, Gasconade and Camden.
February 7, 2019
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Sullivan man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15am Thursday in Franklin County. 21 year old Albert Leach was eastbound on I-44 and traveling too fast for conditions when his car slid off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable barrier. He was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan with serious injuries.
DRIVER INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County. 24 year old Dustin Robison of Hillsboro was on Highway 21 when his truck began sliding and ran off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY CRASH
A Florissant woman was hurt in a Wednesday afternoon crash in St. Louis County. 53 year old Darlene Buffington was on Highway 370 when her Jeep Cherokee ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.
February 6, 2019
TROY TEEN INJURED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Troy teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 5:45am Wednesday in St. Charles County. 18 year old Julaia Malawey was a passenger in a car driven by 56 year old Marion Malawey of Troy. The patrol says that they were eastbound on I-70 when an unknown vehicle cut them off, causing their car to swerve left to avoid hitting it and then the car traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median wall. The teen was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
THREE MEN OVERCOME BY CARBON MOXNOIDE AT MOBERLY AIRPORT
Moberly Police report three men were hospitalized Tuesday after they were exposed to carbon monoxide at Moberly’s Omar Bradley Airport. According to a release, someone called 911 to report two unresponsive people at the airport around 11:30 a.m.
First responders arrived on scene to find a 29-year-old man from St. Louis and a 27-year-old man from St. Charles unresponsive. A 25-year-old man from Huntsville also became unresponsive after emergency medical services arrived on scene.
Police said the men were overcome by carbon monoxide exposure while inside the hangar. All three people were taken to a hospital, along with a Moberly firefighter who also suffered from carbon monoxide exposure.
Randolph County Ambulance, the Moberly Fire Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.
HOWARD COUNTY WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF FAYETTE MAN
A Fayette man died as a result of injuries in a head on collision on MO 5, one mile north of New Franklin around 10:49 PM Monday night. The patrol said 23 year old Joshua W. Brice was northbound and attempted to pass another vehicle and traveled into the path of a southbound auto driven by 24 year old Clay S. Walker of New Franklin and collided head-on. Brice was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Howard County Coroner. Walker sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia.
February 5, 2019
DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT
Both drivers were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 10pm Monday in Pike County. The patrol says that 65 year old Bruce Burkhardt of Manchester, MO was on Pike County Road 456 when he failed to yield at a stop sign and ran into the path of a van driven by 20 year old Adriana Shoemaker of Curryville and her van struck the rear passenger side of his van, causing it to overturn. The man was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, while the woman was taken to an unknown hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK
A Chesterfield man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Callaway County. 50 year old Jeffrey Alexander was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled onto the shoulder and struck the guardrail. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MINOR INJURY CRASH IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY
A man was hurt in a Monday morning crash in St. Charles County. 76 year old Ron Dorn of Augusta, MO was on Highway 94 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a ditch. He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
February 4, 2019
MAN DEAD AFTER BEING SHOT FRIDAY IN MEXICO
On Friday at approximately 5:26pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Muldrow in reference to a person who had been shot. Responding personnel found a 27 year-old Mexico man who had been involved in an altercation and been shot one time. The man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain where he later died. Officers are looking for the three teenagers who have been identified as being involved in the shooting.
The victim in the shooting on Friday is Tajuan Williams. The Mexico Public Safety Department has still not located the three teenagers involved in shooting Williams. Other law enforcement agencies in this area and where it is believed the teenagers went have been notified. All three teenagers are wards of the State of Missouri. Two are 15 years old and one is 17 years old. The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has issued DYS Warrants to detain all three.
MODERATE INJURIES FOR QUINCY WOMAN WHEN CAR MISSES DEER - STRIKES A TREE.
A one vehicle wreck in Ralls County on MO 19, 3 miles south of Perry around 7:50 Sunday night sent a Quincy driver to the hospital with moderate injuries. According to the report, 23 year old Mia N. Monroe was northbound and swerved to avoid a deer. Her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Monroe was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and Ralls County First Responders assisted at the scene.
MDC SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON TED SHANKS CONSERVATION AREA IN PIKE COUNTY
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians. A draft management plan for MDC’s Ted Shanks Conservation Area is available for public review through Feb. 28. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
Ted Shanks Conservation Area contains 6,705 acres of bottomland hardwood timber, open marsh, mixed shrub/scrub/emergent wetlands, row crops, oxbow lakes and sloughs, old fields, and upland woods. The area consists of 3,827 acres of MDC property and 2,878 acres of land managed under a cooperative agreement between MDC, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers. Ted Shanks Conservation Area borders 8.75 miles of Mississippi River frontage, 4.75 miles of the Salt River, and 2.25 miles of river bluffs. The area contains 35 miles of levees, 24 management units, three pump stations, ten miles of water canals, and 38 water control structures. The area offers visitors opportunities for fishing, hunting, camping, birdwatching, and hiking.
February 1, 2019
ARNOLD MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
An Arnold man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 2:55am Friday in Franklin County. 49 year old Glen Hoops was eastbound on I-44 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees, before coming to rest off the roadway also he was ejected from the vehicle. Glen Hoops was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK
A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Jefferson County. 18 year old Trenton Thompson of Imperial was on Old Lemay Ferry Road when his car crossed the center of the road, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a pole. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING VEHICLE THEFTS
On Wednesday at approximately 3:14am, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of Bennington and Ringo Streets in reference to someone getting into parked vehicles. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. MPSD has been working with area residents and gathering information about the suspect’s actions through both eyewitness accounts and home security systems. Change and personal items are what have been reported as stolen so far. A compound bow in a black plastic case was recovered in the area, but Mexico Public Safety has been unable to identify the owner. No vehicles were damaged during the thefts. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or the Mexico Public Safety Department at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
January 31, 2019
STURGEON DRIVER & PASSENGER FROM COLUMBIA SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK
Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people sustained serious injuries in a single vehicle wreck in Moniteau County at 10:45 yesterday (Wed) morning. According to the report, 30 year old David A. Hashagen of Sturgeon failed to negotiate a right curve and his vehicle crossed the center of the road and traveled off the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the auto returned to the road, crossed the center once again and went off the right side where the auto struck a tree, came to rest in a ditch and then caught fire. The driver had serious injuries from the crash, as did a passenger, 20 year old Mellissa T. Hall of Columbia. Both were transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Emergency Medical Personnel. That crash happened on Missouri 179, north of Splice Creek Road in Moniteau County.
MAN KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an early Wednesday morning accident in St. Charles County. 28 year old James Haines of O’Fallon was in lane 3 and 23 year old Jack Scott of Wentzville was in lane 4 of eastbound I-70 when Haines’s car suffered a mechanical problem and changed lanes into the path of Scott’s car and they collided, causing both vehicles to catch fire and then Haines’s car went off the road and struck the concrete median barrier. James Haines was pronounced dead at the scene.
ARNOLD MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
An Arnold man was seriously hurt in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Jefferson County. 44 year old Kenneth Abegg was on Route MM when he steered onto the right shoulder and then steered to the right back onto the roadway where his vehicle began skidding and ran off the right side of the road and the left side of his vehicle struck a tree. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.
January 30, 2019
ARTIC AIR ARRIVES
As early as late morning Tuesday area school districts were starting to call off classes for students today due to the frigid temperatures we’re now experiencing and that trend continued with increased frequency until nearly all school districts had cancelled classes for Wednesday. Community Colleges, State Universities and more were shutting down. Even the U.S. Postal Service has suspended delivery in three states today due to extreme cold. Postal delivery operations are suspended for portions of Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. In addition, there will not be residential or commercial package pickup but the news release did say that retail operations at most local offices will be available, but could be limited.
BOONE COUNTY CRASH SENDS TWO LOCAL RESIDENTS TO HOSPITAL
Two people were transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment after a crash on Tom Bass Road, south of Meyer Foresees Blvd. The crash happened around 8:14 pm last night when a northbound car driven by 27 year old Lacey L. Sterling struck a woodchipper which had been hauled earlier by a pickup that experienced mechanical issues and was left unoccupied, parked in the northbound lane of Tom Bass Road. When Sterling’s vehicle struck the woodchipper being hauled by the unoccupied truck, both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of the road as well. Boone County Ambulance personnel transported Sterling, the driver of the vehicle that struck the woodchipper to University Hospital with moderate injuries. A passenger in her vehicle, 44 year old Landon J. Albertson of Columbia was also transported to University Hospital with serious injuries.
SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT AWARDED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to K.J. Unnerstall, of Washington, Missouri, for a slide repair project, located at the southeast corner of the intersection with the Interstate 70 south outer road near New Florence, in Montgomery County. “We have been monitoring the area for some time and decided now is the best time to fix it,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga, P.E. “The current embankment will be removed, and new rock will be placed to hold the soil securely in place,” he added. Traffic may be reduced to one lane while this work is completed. This project could begin as early as this spring.
January 29, 2019
BITTER COLD CONDITIONS – TAKE PRECAUTIONS
Dangerously Cold Wind Chills Expected Mid-Week as arctic high pressure builds south into the lower Missouri Valley area. This will bring the coldest air mass of the season to our area and dangerously cold wind chills forecast Tuesday night into Thursday morning. Make sure you take extra precautions and if you’ll be traveling, make sure you’re prepared with blankets and a survival kit.
TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
The patrol said the accident happened on I-70 Westbound at the 182 mile marker in Montgomery County at 11:47 AM Monday morning. 18 year old Adia L. Buford of Florissant was westbound overtaking an 18 wheeler driven by 45 year old Jason Spies of Jacksonville, FL when she lost control and her vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway. Her vehicle then re-entered the main westbound lanes and struck the trailer unit, then her auto went off the left side of the road and hit a concrete median barrier. Buford and a passenger, 44 year old Lolita L. Buford of Florissant both had minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The other driver was not injured.
TWO SHOT IN BOONE COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT – SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
Two people were shot in Boone County Sunday night in a parking lot in the 5600 block of St. Charles Road. The highway patrol found the two shooting victims around 10:46 pm Sunday night when they pulled a car over on I-70 at the 89 mile marker in Cooper County. One of the men had very serious injuries and the other victim received treatment and was released. Authorities had suspected 34 year old Michael Stapleton was the suspect in the double shooting and Stapleton turned himself in late Monday afternoon. The Boone County Sheriff's department said Stapleton was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a gun. That investigation is continuing.
January 28, 2019
TROOPERS ARREST MAN IN COOPER COUNTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a man for 2nd degree drug trafficking in Cooper County Saturday. According to the patrol report, Zechariah Heryford of Galt, CA was pulled over around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night on I-70 and troopers became suspicious and called for the K-9 unit. The K-9 alerted and that gave troopers probably cause to search the vehicle. They found 115 pounds of marijuana. White said Heryford was heading to the east coast from Nevada. He faces drug trafficking charges and at last word was in the Cooper County jail.
COLUMBIA PD INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE ON RANGE LINE STREET
Columbia Police was dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning at approximately 2:56 a.m. in the 3800 block of Range Line Street in Columbia. Officers arrived and found a vehicle with extensive damage. The driver and passenger were transported to a local hospital. The male passenger also had suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The deceased was identified as Dominick Roland, 25, of Columbia. Columbia Police Department detectives and crime scene investigators were called to gather information and process the crime scene. There is no suspect information to release at this time and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
TWO AMISH BROTHERS CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES IN NORTH MISSOURI
Two Amish brothers from southeast Iowa are charged with multiple sex crimes in northern Missouri, where they used to live. Your Source KTVO & KTVO.com reports the two suspects are Alfred Yoder, 18, of Albia, Iowa, and Enos Ray Yoder, 21, of Bloomfield, Iowa. Both brothers face more than a half-dozen felony charges involving two underage female victims. Alfred is being held in the Monroe County, Iowa jail awaiting transfer to Daviess County, Missouri. Enos Yoder has not been arrested yet as he’s currently attending a residential treatment program in Versailles, Missouri account to court documents. Investigators say in court papers that the crimes happened when the Yoder brothers lived with their family on Yale Avenue outside Hamilton, Missouri. The charges the two face include rape, incest, sodomy, child molestation, sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15 and statutory rape. Enos Yoder faces a total of eight charges. Alfred Yoder is charged with seven crimes. According to court documents obtained Friday, all of the crimes Alfred faces happened between February 2017 and September 2017. Investigators say the crimes Enos is charged with happened between November 2014 and March 2018. Court documents state that Enos admitted to investigators that he committed the crimes. Bond for the two men is set at $85,000 cash only.
Weekend Report- January 26-27, 2019
MAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A St. Clair man was killed in an accident that occurred at 6am Saturday in Franklin County. 64 year old Marion Green was on Moselle Road when his truck traveled off the east side of the roadway and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
DRIVER KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK
A De Soto driver was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 28 year old James Leonard was on Highway P when his truck traveled into a left hand curve and ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree, overturned and was ejected from his truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Jefferson County. 21 year old Gabrielle Galkowski of De Soto was southbound on I-55 when she lost control of her car and it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned. She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
January 25, 2019
WOMAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Lonedell woman was killed in an accident that occurred at around 9:15am Thursday in Franklin County. The patrol says that 29 year old Brittany Hogan was on Missouri 30 when her Ford Escape crossed the center line and struck the front left end of the towed unit of an International Harvester driven by 52 year old Timothy Marrill of Salem. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING WRECK
A driver was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday morning in Callaway County. 27 year old Joseph Parrish of Shelbina was on US 54 when he came to stop due to traffic congestion and his truck was struck in the rear by a Jeep Wrangler driven by 45 year old Sheila Eckert of Auxvasse. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
TWO HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT CRASH
Two people were hurt in a Thursday night crash in Lincoln County. 35 year old Christopher Dover of St. Peters was on Missouri Route 47 when he became distracted by his hand held communication device, causing his vehicle to cross the center line, he overcorrected in an attempt to avoid oncoming traffic and the vehicle overturned. Both Christopher Dover and his passenger 33 year old Dominique Evans of Florissant were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
January 24, 2019
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Foley woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:40am Wednesday in Lincoln County. 35 year old Shawn Roberts was on Highway W when her Ford Explorer traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and then struck a utility pole. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK
A man was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Lincoln County. 31 year old Timothy Williamson of Quincy, IL was a passenger in a truck driven by 61 year old Daniel Williamson of Quincy, IL. The patrol says that the wreck occurred when a truck driven by 34 year old Jason Miller of Troy, MO was westbound crossing over US 61 on Creech Road and failed to yield to Williamson’s truck causing Miller’s truck to hit the other truck on the passenger side. Timothy Williamson was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
SEMI TRUCK DRIVER HURT IN CRASH
A semi truck driver was hurt in a Wednesday night crash in Jefferson County. 29 year old Stevie Marrs of Brookland, AR was stopped in traffic on Meyer Road, west of US 67 with its towed unit partially off the right side of the road as he attempted to complete his right turn onto westbound Meyer Road and the trailer continued off the roadway, causing the semi and its trailer to overturn onto the passenger side. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
January 23, 2019
ROADS ARE SLICK IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI
Most roads north of Audrain County and west of Ralls County are slick this morning after freezing rain and some snow fell overnight. Travel is discouraged. All road conditions are online at modot.org. Several tractor trailers and vehicles have already slid off even major highways due to the road conditions. If you have to go, plan accordingly and go slowly.
MEXICO DRIVER KILLED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY WRECK
A Mexico driver was killed in an accident that occurred along Highway 63 about 2 miles North of Clark in Randolph County Monday afternoon. According to authorities the accident occurred when a Northbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Pate Shultz of Mexico drove over windblown snow that had drifted onto the highway causing her to lose control of the vehicle before traveling off the left side of the roadway into the median where the vehicle overturned ejecting the driver. Shultz was transported to University Hospital in Columbia where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later.
AUTHORITIES ASK FOR HELP FINDING NORTHEAST MISSOURI FUGITIVE
FROM KTVO.COM Authorities are asking for your help in locating a wanted northeast Missouri man. The Lewis County Sheriff's Office is looking for Blake M. Brotherton, 27, of Ewing, Missouri. Brotherton is wanted on one count of 2nd-Degree Domestic Assault, a Class D felony. The sheriff's office said he assaulted a family member on January 16, 2019. Investigators said Brotherton has been in contact with law enforcement and is aware of his warrant, but he has refused to turn himself in. He may be in the Quincy, Illinois, area. Anyone with information regarding the location of Blake Brotherton is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at (573) 767-5287 or call their local law enforcement.
January 22, 2019
MAN KILLED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an accident that occurred just before 4pm Monday in Jefferson County. 54 year old Donald Chandler of Dittmer was on Highway 30 when his truck crossed the center median, went across the eastbound lanes and struck a rock bluff. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
MAN KILLED, TEEN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY INCIDENT
A Troy man was killed and a Wentzville teen was injured in an early Monday morning incident in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 35 year old Leonard Briley was struck and killed as he ran into the path of a truck driven by 18 year old Andrew Rhodes on eastbound I-70. Briley was pronounced dead at the scene while Rhodes was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK
A Washington driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County. 17 year old Danielle Overschmidt was on Four Mile Road when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
January 21, 2019
TODAY IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is an American Federal Holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is always observed on the 3rd Monday of January each year which is around King’s actual birthday, January 15th. Federal, State, County and even Local Government offices are closed today and no mail will be delivered.
FATAL FIRE IN COLUMBIA THURSDAY AND CREWS RESPOND TO FIRE CALL SUNDAY
Thursday Fatality Fire on Lakeview Avenue
The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1115 Lakeview Avenue on Thursday, January 17. Initial information from the 911 center indicated someone may be inside. Units arrived less than five minutes later and observed heavy smoke coming from a single story residence. Fire crews deployed a preconnected hoseline and performed an aggressive interior fire attack. They located an occupant in the rear of the home, quickly removed them and began life saving efforts along with University Hospital ambulance personnel. Unfortunately the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. Assistant Fire Marshal’s Mike Bauer and Jim Pasley were dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation. The area of origin was the living room. The cause was determined to be a candle. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. Damage to the structure is estimated at $16,000. The Columbia Police Department is working to notify next of kin. No additional information on the deceased will be released until those notifications are made. Eleven units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to this call. There were no other reported injuries.
Sunday Fire on East Broadway
Details surrounding a fire Sunday afternoon have not been made available at the time this report was issued, but a large amount of firefighting equipment was deployed to fight a fire at 4 Fyfer Place, just off East Broadway and East of Boone Hospital Center. Traffic was affected for sometime as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Smoke was visible for some distance as flames were shooting out windows. More information will be available later Monday.
MOBERLY POLICE & SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATING
The Moberly Police Department has been contacted in reference to Facebook and Snapchat posts, about a potential threat at the Moberly Middle School. The incident is currently under investigation by the Moberly Police Department and Moberly School District. Any individual who has information about the posts can contact the Moberly Police Department.
Weekend Report- January 19-20, 2019
MAN KILLED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 12:40am Saturday in Camden County. The patrol says that 48 year old Michael Fox of Sunrise Beach was on Route F when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK
A woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Jefferson County. 22 year old Jamie Dempsey of Arnold was southbound on I-55 when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the road and her car struck the median wall and overturned. She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVERS HURT IN CRASH
Both drivers were hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Jefferson County. 33 year old Carrol Luedemann of Wildwood was on US 67 when she failed to stop for a steady red light and her Ford Explorer struck a car driven by 23 year old Tyler Clifton of Festus and then the Explorer crossed the center median, traveled off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned. The woman suffered minor injuries while the man sustained moderate injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
January 18, 2019
SNOW & BITTER COLD ON THE WAY-DRIVERS ADVISED TO STAY OFF ROADS
The Missouri Department of Transportation advises drivers to stay off the roads this weekend as bitter cold temperatures combined with another major winter storm will hit Missouri. According to the National Weather Service, rain on Friday will give way to snow overnight and continue through Saturday. Forecasters say this will be a dry snow. Wind gusts could cause drifting. Behind the snow, temperatures are expected to drop significantly with wind chills in the single digits through Sunday in many areas of the state. Motorist planning to travel to the Chiefs game in Kansas City on Sunday should plan accordingly. MoDOT warns that because bitter cold temperatures are expected, the clean-up from this storm may be significantly longer than the clean-up from the event last weekend. In addition, chemicals used to treat the roads lose their effectiveness below 25 degrees. If you must travel, make sure you have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves and provisions like water and snacks in the event of an emergency. For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit modot.org.
COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE
Columbia Police was dispatched to a report of shots heard on Thursday at approximately 12:38 a.m. in the 3700 block of Weymeyer Drive in Columbia. Officers arrived and found a male who had been shot. Emergency medical personnel determined the victim was deceased and he was soon identified as 20 year old Deonte Gainwell, of Columbia. Columbia Police Department Detectives and the Forensic Evidence Unit were called to the scene to gather information and process the crime scene. There is no suspect information to release at this time. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
MANY AREA OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
Most Federal, State, County and even City offices and more such as schools, banks and the like will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. City offices in Columbia will be closed as well. The regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Residential curbside recycling and trash will not be collected on the observed holiday and will be delayed by one day the remainder of the week. Residents can download the COMO Recycle and Trash app for collection day reminders and service notifications. Questions concerning collection schedule should be directed to the Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489). The landfill will also be closed on Monday. Go COMO, Columbia's public transit system, will not operate, and parking meter regulations will not be enforced on the observed holiday. Although administrative offices for both the police and fire departments will be closed, all other emergency services will be available. The City’s Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will operate at normal hours on Monday, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please visit CoMo.gov/Utilities for phone numbers to contact staff regarding emergencies related to Water & Light, Sewer and Stormwater.
January 17, 2019
WESTBOUND LANE TO CLOSE ON I-70 AT LOUTRE RIVER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOR WORK
On Thursday the westbound driving lane on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County will close at Loutre River, located east of Montgomery Route N, while bridge repairs are completed. The lane will close at 7:00 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Friday. Please use extreme caution if you will be traveling through this area during this time.
MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A De Soto man was injured in an accident Wednesday morning in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 27 year old Xavier Henson was eastbound on I-70 when he was cut off by an unknown vehicle, causing him to swerve to avoid hitting it and lost control struck the concrete median wall, crossed all lanes of I-70, traveled over the grass median and came to rest on Veterans Memorial Parkway. He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.
THREATS TO BOMB HOSPITAL LANDS MAN IN JAIL
KTVO and KTVO.com reports a Kirksville man is accused of threatening to bomb the hospital in Kirksville. Jason Blanton, 43, of Kirksville, is charged with Second-Degree Terrorist Threat. Kirksville police said Blanton was drunk on January 12, 2019, and walked into the emergency room at Northeast Regional Medical Center, yelling and making threats to bomb the hospital and staff. When police responded, an officer found Blanton walking not far from the hospital. According to court documents, hospital employees told investigators that Blanton was banging on the window where the receptionist sits and said, "I am the police today, and I am going to blow up the hospital and the staff members." The witness said Blanton was demanding to speak to a female hospital employee, who he claimed had molested one of his family members and covered it up. Blanton was arrested, and court documents state he told an officer, "I did go to the hospital and told them I was going to blow them up." The suspect is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 cash-only bond. On Wednesday, Judge Kristie Swaim denied a motion for bond reduction. Next up in the case, Blanton is due in court on January 30, 2019, for his preliminary hearing.
January 16, 2019
SLICK ROADS AGAIN THIS MORNING!
Moisture from fog, melted snow and even light drizzle is responsible for many slick roads this (WED) morning across the area. Parking lots, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and more have been affected due to temps dropping overnight and early this morning. Allow extra time to scrape windshields and for travel this morning.
RALLS COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR STABBING WIFE
A Hannibal TV Station, KHQA-TV is reporting a Ralls County man has been arrested for domestic assault involving a stabbing. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department said 46 year old Michael J. Arnett of Ralls County was placed under arrest after the department responded to a domestic disturbance call Monday night on Oak Hill Road. Authorities said upon arrival they found a woman with non-life threatening injuries received during an altercation. Arnett was arrested and taken to the Pike County Jail. The woman was treated and released at a local hospital.
WOMAN KILLED, MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A woman was killed and a man seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:35pm Tuesday in Lincoln County. The patrol says that 55 year old Alonzo Cannon of Winfield was northbound on Highway 79 when his truck crossed into the path of a Jeep Cherokee driven by 60 year old Zola Rodey of Winfield and struck it head-on and then the truck rotated and impacted the front of a Ford Explorer driven by 72 year old Marilyn Tillothson of Elsberry. Zola Rodey was pronounced dead at the scene while Alonzo Cannon was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries. The other driver was not injured in the accident.
January 15, 2019
SLICK ROADS REPORTED THIS MORNING ACROSS THE AREA
Moisture from fog, melted snow and even light drizzle is responsible for many slick roads this (TUES) morning across the area. Parking lots, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and more have been affected due to temps dropping overnight and early this morning. Allow extra time to scrape windshields and for travel this morning.
HOWARD COUNTY HEAD-ON COLLISION
A two car crash in Howard County at 2:50 Sunday afternoon sent three people to the hospital. According to the report, 18 year old Gordon T. Starke of Fayette was eastbound on Route E, just east of county road 89 when he lost control of the auto on the slushy road, crossed the center line and struck a west bound auto driven by 54 year old Kimberly Test of Mexico nearly head on. Starke had moderate injuries as did a passenger in the Test car, 61 year old Edward Straatman of Glasgow. Test sustained just minor injuries. All three were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
CULVERT REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE HOWARD COUNTY ROADS
Weather permitting, Missouri Department of Transportation crews will replace culvert pipes on two Howard County roads this week:
· Route V between County Road 237 and County Road 259. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15.
· Route H between County Road 134 and County Road 247. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, January 18.
Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work.
January 14, 2019
ONE LANE OF INTERSTATE 70 TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT
Weather permitting, tonight, January 14, the passing lane on Interstate 70 eastbound between MM 166.4 and MM 166.8 in Montgomery County will close beginning at 8:00 p.m. tonight and will reopen tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. so that semis can be removed from the median.
The truck parking area will remain open during this time. Please use caution if you will be traveling through this area. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
NORMALCY STARTS TO RETURN DUE TO IMPROVED ROAD CONDITIONS
The Missouri Department of Transportation says most major roads in the state are clear or mostly clear. Melting during the day Sunday was expected to refreeze overnight so be cautious on the Monday morning commute, especially on bridges and elevated surfaces. Information is available 24/7 at www.traveler.modot.org or 1-888-Ask MoDOT.
NUMEROUS WEATHER RELATED TRAFFIC CRASHES
A Number of weather related traffic crashes were reported over the weekend.
In Howard County, 54 year old Kimberly A. Test of Mexico was westbound on Route E, just east of County Road 207 when her vehicle was struck head on by an eastbound auto driven by 18 year old Gordon Starke of Fayette. Starke had moderate injuries. That accident occurred at 2:50 PM yesterday (SUN) afternoon. A Carrollton driver was killed in a collision on Highway 24, just west of County Road 335 at 3:05 pm Friday. The patrol said 32 year old Wilson Hope of Carrollton was westbound when she lost control of her vehicle and it started sliding sideways into the eastbound lane and impacted with an eastbound vehicle, driven by 55 year old Gabriel Zamarrida (Zam-ma-rida) of Marshall, MO. After impact, both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Carrolton County Coroner.
COLUMBIA HARD HIT BY WINTER STORM TRYING TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS
The major winter storm that began on Friday, Jan. 11 continues to affect some travel, power and City services in Columbia. All available City resources continue to be utilized in responding to the storm to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community members. The City of Columbia appreciates the community’s continued patience and understanding as we work to recover from this large winter event. Power Outages: Less than 100 City of Columbia Utilities customers are currently without power. Numerous power outages occurred due to the heavy snow causing trees and limbs to sag on power lines. Crews are working 16 hour shifts to restore power as soon as possible. As of Sunday afternoon, power has been restored to approximately 8,000 customers. The City requested mutual aid assistance from other electric utilities to help in restoring power to the customer outages throughout the city. Crews from Macon, Palmyra, Waynesville and Rolla responded to the request. Contractors PAR Electrical and Asplundh are also helping in their areas of expertise. While thousands of customers’ power was restored Sunday, there is the possibility that some customers will go without power into Monday, Jan. 14, due to severe tree damage caused by the storm, leaning into power lines in some parts of the City. Roads: Road crews from Columbia, Boone County and MoDOT were out in force. Almost 70 City of Columbia team members from various departments were working on plowing and treating Columbia streets concentrating on residential and downtown areas. Crews will continue to work 24 hours a day until the job is done. Restrictions on Priority Snow Routes in Columbia are being enforced and residents are asked to remove vehicles from marked priority routes to allow for easier snow clearing. Vehicles not removed may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense. Crews plan to continue to work 24/7 until all streets are passable by a front wheel drive vehicle. Solid Waste: The Solid Waste Utility will run its normal collection schedule this week, though delays are possible. Curbside customers should place secured materials on their driveway or in an area that’s accessible by crews without them having to step over snow banks Transit: Go COMO, Columbia’s public transit system, is scheduled to resume its regular fixed route service Monday, Jan. 14. Para-transit service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. for medical appointments and employment rides only. Airport:Columbia Regional Airport’s main runway is open to commercial and general aviation traffic. Individual airlines will determine their flight status into and out of COU. Travelers should check their flight status with their airline. The airport was closed for a time after a jet became stuck after landing and 80 people on board the plane had to be resuced. Parks and Recreation: The Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will resume operations Monday, Jan. 14. The facility is scheduled to open at its normal time of 5:30 a.m.
Weekend Report- January 12-13, 2019
WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT
A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 2pm Friday in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 68 year old Betty Boyd of House Springs was on Highway 21 when her car began sliding on the snow covered roadway, traveled off the right edge of the ramp and overturned towards the driver side and it came to rest facing southeast in a rock lined ditch. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A New Haven driver was hurt in a Friday afternoon crash in Franklin County. 59 year old Julie Amrien was on Route KK when she failed to maintain control of her Toyota 4Runner and it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
O’FALLON WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK
An O’Fallon woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in St. Charles County. 62 year old Vickie Nanney was on St. Paul Road and driving too fast for conditions when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
January 11, 2019
WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT
A statewide winter storm and playoff football crowds could lead to traffic slowdowns this weekend.
The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to use caution as snow is forecast on Friday and road conditions may be slippery at times. If you have to travel, please allow extra time to reach your destination. According to the National Weather Service, the storm system will pass through Missouri from the southwest to the northeast on Friday and continue into Saturday night. Snow accumulations up to 10 inches are predicted for parts of the state. There is also the possibility of sleet and light freezing rain in some areas. Increased traffic is expected in the Kansas City area this weekend as the Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in a divisional round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3:35 p.m. In addition, many students will be returning to college campuses after the winter break, which means more vehicles on the road. To check road conditions please go to MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/ MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
CAR COLLIDES WITH TRAIN IN RALLS COUNTY
A Monroe City driver failed to stop at a railroad crossing and struck a train around 3:30 PM Thursday afternoon. The patrol reports the incident happened in Ralls County on Hazzard Lane, 3 miles southeast of Monroe City. The patrol said 44 year old Ryan R. Cobb of Moberly was operating the train and was traveling westbound when it was struck in the right front by a northbound car operated by 21 year old Olivia S. Keiser of Monroe City. Neither Cobb or Keiser were injured, however a passenger in the Keiser vehicle identified as 17 year old Alexia M. Ytell of Monroe City received minor injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by Monroe County Ambulance personnel.
WORK CONTINUES ESTABLISHING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM IN MISSOURI
Following the majority of Missourians’ November 2018 vote to adopt Constitutional Amendment 2, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began accepting pre-filed license application fees for medical marijuana facilities on Jan. 7 and is now in the process of forming rules for the program.
DHSS has accepted more than 250 forms and over $2 million in application fees this week. The department is currently on schedule to establish program rules in order to efficiently regulate and control the cultivation, manufacturing and sale of marijuana for medical use.As part of its effort to gather all relevant input, DHSS has established a new page on its medical marijuana program website where it will begin releasing initial drafts of its rules for public review. In the coming months, interested individuals should monitorwww.health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/index.php for new drafts, which will be posted as soon as they are available. Suggestions for these initial drafts may be submitted through the Suggestion Form on that page. The collection of non-refundable pre-filed license application fees is ongoing, and early submission of application fees does not guarantee a license or provide any competitive advantage in the application process. Official application forms will be available no later than June 4, 2019.
Application fee payments may be made by personal or certified check, cashier’s check or money orders made payable to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Cash will not be accepted. Any application fee must be accompanied by a completed Pre-Filed Application Fee Form available at
Payment and the Pre-Filed Application Fee Form may be mailed to:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
FEE RECEIPT UNIT
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Or personally delivered during business hours to:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
920 Wildwood Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
January 10, 2019
RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN WRECK WHILE PURSUING SUSPECT
A Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained minor injuries when he crashed his patrol vehicle while in pursuit of a vehicle failing to yield. The highway patrol said 36 year old Deputy Randall M. Mathews of Huntsville was southbound on County Road 2580, 2 miles east of Higbee at 2:36 Wednesday morning pursuing the suspect vehicle when his auto traveled off the south side of the roadway and struck two fences. The suspect vehicle also crashed when it went off the south side of the roadway, struck a fence and a ditch. It was driven by 27 year old Cody O. Downing of Moberly who also received minor injuries. He was transported by Randolph County Ambulance Personnel to Moberly Regional Medical Center. Mathews sustained minor injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The investigation is continuing.
COMMENTS REQUESTED ON NEW STREET LIGHTS FOR THE DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA AREA
City of Columbia Utilities and the Columbia Police Department are holding an interested parties meeting regarding the new street lights for the downtown Columbia area. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway. The public is invited to attend and provide their input on the six new street lights that have been installed and are being tested on portions of East Broadway. An online survey will be available at CoMo.gov for those who would like to offer feedback.
AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN ACT/SAT WEEKEND BOOT CAMP AT MMA IN MEXICO
High school students seeking to improve their ACT/SAT scores will find help at the comprehensive ACT/SAT Weekend Boot Camp to be held at Missouri Military Academy (MMA) in Mexico, Missouri on Feb, 1-3. Students who complete the boot camp average three to seven points of improvement on the ACT, and 150 to 200 points of improvement on the SAT. These point improvements represent a 30 to 40 percent percentile increase in scores. Led by Tutors Across America, the immersive three-day boot camp will teach all sections of the tests in one weekend. The camp also includes two full-length exams of each type. The camp will be held at MMA, located at 204 N. Grand Street, Mexico, MO 65265. Hours of the boot camp will be Friday, Feb. 1 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost of the camp is $149, with discount coupon code MISSOURIMILITARY. Registration is available at tutorsacrossamerica.com/actcourse.
January 9, 2019
MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
Two men were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:45pm Tuesday in Morgan County. 53 year old Richard Siebenmorgen of Blue Springs was on Route O when his truck crossed the center line and traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. He along with his passenger 46 year old David Faulkner of Camdenton sustained serious injuries. The driver was taken to Lake Regional Hospital while his passenger was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
THREE HURT IN WARREN COUNTY WRECK
Three people were hurt in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Warren County. The patrol says that 20 year old Wyatt Wielms of Warrenton was on Route M when he fell asleep, causing his truck to cross the center of the road and into the eastbound lane where it struck the right side of a Ford Explorer driven by 53 year old Karla Stribling of Warrenton and after impact both vehicles ran off the south side of Route M. Wyatt Wielms along with two passengers in the Explorer 20 year old Kadie Aschoff and 15 year old Jolea Stribling were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of their injuries.
MDC ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE AT RANACKER CONSERVATION AREA IN PIKE COUNTY
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will temporarily close access to the north part of Ranacker Conservation Area, including access to the shooting range, to allow for construction of a new bridge. Access to the conservation area from Missouri Highway RA will be closed from Jan. 7 – March 15 pending completion of the project. Construction crews will replace the existing low-water crossing with a new bridge that will carry the north access road over Peno Creek. The road closure cuts off access to the area’s shooting range. Area users may continue to access the property on its south and southeast sides via county roads 48 and 50. These access points offer parking, camping, and an ADA-accessible privy. However, the shooting range will remain inaccessible until the bridge project is complete. “This project will improve access for area users,” said MDC Wildlife Management Biologist and Ranacker Conservation Area Manager Mike Flaspohler. “During high flows on Peno Creek, access to the range and the north part of the conservation area is cut off. The new bridge will provide more dependable access to the area, especially during heavy rains when the creek rises rapidly.” Ranacker Conservation Area consists of more than 1,800 acres of timber, grasslands, agricultural lands, and old fields characterized by narrow valleys with numerous rock overhangs. Peno Creek traverses the northern portion of the area, providing more than a mile of stream frontage. The area marks a point where river hills break away from prairie and is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, turkey, and bobwhite quail. Management of the area focuses on providing wildlife habitat by maintaining timber edges and old fields, prescribed timber harvest, and rotating agricultural crops. MDC thanks area users for their patience during the installation of this important infrastructure improvement.
January 8, 2019
ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY-MORE ARRESTS EXPECTED
On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 10:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Casey’s Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of East Liberty in Mexico in reference to a robbery. Investigation led to the arrest of Jacob R Boyle, age 28 of Mexico, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at approximately 12:57PM. Boyle was processed at MPSD and later transported to the Audrain County Jail for Robbery 1st Degree. Evidence collected during the investigation indicates that it was Boyle that went into the store. The incident is still under investigation and it is anticipated that others will be charged as well.
CALLAWAY COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE
KMIZ TV and KMIZ.com is reporting that Callaway Counties authorities have identified the victim that they said was found dead Sunday night near the 1500 block of Old Highway 40. Deputies responded to a shots fired call and found Lauro Garza-Perez, 34, of Columbia. The Callaway County Sheriff said he could not provide the cause of death. An autopsy conducted Monday by the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that authorities are conducting a homicide investigation. The Callaway County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department. If you have any information, you can call the Callaway County Crimestoppers number at 573-592-2474, and you can remain anonymous.
RANDOLPH COUNTY SUSPECTS IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN COURT MONDAY
The 4 individuals arrested and charged in connection with the shooting deaths of Darren Tharp and Shane Austin Hare of Columbia were in Randolph County court Monday and all 4 waived their arraignments. Tharp and Hare were found dead from gunshot wounds in a vehicle on December 29. According to court documents, the shootings happened early in the morning of December 28. 20-year-old Christopher Esry, 40-year-old Aaron Bloss, 29-year-old Travis Koenig and 22-year-old Steven Bell have each been charged in connection with the shooting deaths. All four suspects were arrested on January 1, the same day charges were filed. Bloss, Esry and Koenig have bonds set at $1 million cash. Bell has bond set at $100,000. All four defendants were scheduled for a preliminary hearing setting date on February 25th.
DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $80,000 TO EXPAND CALLAWAY COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT FEASIBILITY STUDY
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $80,776 in grant funding to the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission to further develop plans for the Callaway County Sewer District. The grant allows the planning commission to expand upon a prefeasibility study completed in 2016 and to identify the optimal location to construct the district’s first centralized county wastewater system.
The expanded study area will address the wastewater treatment needs of additional residential and commercial occupants, and a centralized wastewater collection and treatment system is expected to increase economic development opportunities within the area. The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission has identified the lack of wastewater infrastructure as one of the most significant barriers to economic development along I-70 where Boone County borders Callaway County.
Formation of the Callaway County Regional Sewer District was approved by voters on August 7, 2018. The feasibility study will provide county leaders with a clear plan for administratively and financially establishing the county sewer district, along with an outline for the initial phases of wastewater treatment consolidation to be undertaken by the district. Feasibility study contributing partners include the Callaway County Commission and the Callaway County Health Department.
For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at email@example.com or 573-751-1300.
January 7, 2019
WAVERLY MAN ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
The highway patrol arrested 21 year old Austin W. Leroy of Waverly at 2:50 PM Sunday in Montgomery County. He was wanted on a misdemeanor Carroll County Warrant for failure to appear for no insurance. He was taken to the Montgomery County jail in lieu of bond.
BOONVILLE DRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH
A Boonville man has minor injuries but refused treatment after crashing his vehicle at the intersection of Route F and Route B in Cooper County at 1:15 Sunday morning. The patrol said 18 year old Hayden G. Dufur was eastbound when his pickup struck an embankment after failing to stop at a stop sign. He was charged with DWI-1st offense and taken to the Cooper County Jail in lieu of bond.
RAYTOWN DRIVER IN COOPER COUNTY WRECK
The highway patrol reports a Raytown driver was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Cooper County at 3:41 PM Sunday. According to the report, 25 year old Destanee R. Foster was eastbound on Interstate 70 at the 94 mile marker when her auto went off the left side of the road and struck the median cables. She was transported with serious injuries by Cooper County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department and Cooper County Fire Department provided on-scene assistance.
CHILD DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE AT BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY
A four year old Child is dead after being struck by a Columbia Police vehicle at Battle School Friday afternoon. The patrol reports the crash occurred in the parking lot of Battle High School at 3:56 pm Friday when a police car driven by Columbia Police Officer 27 year old Andria E. Heese of Columbia was eastbound in a roundabout at the west entrance to the high school. The driver exited the left side of the roadway with the intention of parking on the sidewalk so that the driver could observe students loading onto the school busses as a 4 year old was walking on the sidewalk and was struck by the police cruiser. The 4 year old girl that was struck was identified as Gabriella Curry of Columbia. She was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by University of Missouri Hospital EMS where she was pronounced deceased. The patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit conducted the crash investigation. A Prayer vigil was held Saturday night where signs, balloons and candles lit up the front of Battle High School in honor of the 4 year old.
Weekend Report- January 5-6, 2019
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Tuscumbia man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6:30am Saturday morning in Miller County. The patrol says that 26 year old Sawyer Rush was on US 54 when his Hummer struck an unoccupied Chevy Trailblazer parked on the shoulder and then it went off the right side of the road, overturned, struck several trees and came to rest in a creek. He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.
DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK
A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Franklin County. 65 year old David Gumpenberger of Villa Ridge was on Route B when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times before it returned to the road where it came to rest. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH
A woman was hurt in a Sunday morning crash in Franklin County. 69 year old Linda Civey of Caledonia, MO was on Highway 47 when her truck ran off the east side of the road and struck two mailboxes. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.
January 4, 2019
NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL SWORN IN AT JEFFERSON CITY
Eric Schmitt was sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General today at the Missouri Supreme Court in a ceremony led by Chief Justice Zel Fischer. In remarks following the swearing-in, Schmitt emphasized his duty is to protect Missourians, and to serve as the lawyer for all six million Missourians. Governor Mike Parson announced the appointment of Schmitt as Missouri’s Attorney General on November 13, 2018. Schmitt previously served as Missouri’s 46th State Treasurer. During his time as State Treasurer, he protected Missouri taxpayers, supported small businesses, and empowered individuals and families. While Treasurer, he maintained Missouri’s AAA bond rating while overseeing the state’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio. Schmitt also previously served two terms in the Missouri State Senate and as an Alderman for the city of Glendale. In these roles, he worked to cut taxes for working families, improve educational opportunities for Missouri children, and advocate for those with special needs. Schmitt attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and continued his education to graduate cum laude from Truman State University, where he founded a Habitat for Humanity chapter. After graduation, he attended law school at Saint Louis University where he received his J.D. and served as an editor of the Law Review. He and his wife, Jaime, have three children, Stephen, Sophia, and Olivia.
MOBERLY POLICE TAKE PERSON INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON
A Columbia TV Station is reporting the Moberly Police Department took one person into custody after the person showed signs of mental distress and refused to let police into the home. KMIZ TV is reporting the situation happened Thursday afternoon in the area of Williams Street and resulted in St. Pius X School and Early Childhood Center to divert its pickup location for students. Officers were cautious with the situation as they could not confirm the subject was unarmed at the time, said Moberly police Chief Troy Link. Moberly officers, crisis negotiators and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were on scene. The subject was taken into custody without incident, Link said. According to St. Pius X School and Early Childhood Center, Williams Street was shut down, and students were dismissed from the east side of the building on Clark Street. A school official said Moberly police directed them to dismiss on the other side of the building. The school official did not have any other information about what was going on.
INVESTIGATION CONTINUES REGARDING SOUTH DAKOTA WOMAN KILLED IN I70 SHOOTING
The investigation continues and now the number of leads being pursued adds up to more than 90 in the death of Melissa Peskey. She was the South Dakota woman found shot to death in her car while her two children were in the back seat. The patrol continues to solicit and pursue leads in the mysterious death.
January 3, 2019
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE JJ WILL CLOSE THURSDAY AT PRICE’S BRANCH DUE TO DETERIORATION
This morning, Jan. 3, Montgomery County Route JJ will close at Price’s Branch, located 5 miles north of High Hill. Significant deterioration was found on the bridge, so for the safety of motorists, the bridge will be closed. Price’s Branch is scheduled to be replaced in the Spring of 2020, so the bridge will remain closed until that project is completed. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.
ARMED ROBBERY AT MEXICO CASEY’S
On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 10:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Casey’s Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of E Liberty in reference to a robbery. Responding personnel learned that a man entered the store, displayed what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded that the cashier give him money. Additional investigation indicates that the man fled the scene on foot, and then got into a car waiting a short distance away. The man is described as being around 5’5” tall and around 190 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, gloves, and a white mask similar to an “Insane Clown Posse” mask. The vehicle is generally described as a light colored, possibly white, sedan. Deputies from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and their K9 unit assisted with the initial investigation. The suspect took less than $200. There were no injuries from the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
COLUMBIA WOMAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER HITTING TRUCK BACKING INTO PARKING LOT
A Columbia woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries after her eastbound auto struck a truck that had stopped on eastbound I-70 Drive, west of Rangeline Road in Columbia at 6:15 am. Authorities say 41 year old Michael Gully of Moberly was backing into a parking lot with the truck when it was struck by the other vehicle driven by 60 year old Valerie L. Prather of Columbia. She was transported to University Hospital in Columbia.
PATROL REPORTS 8 FATALITIES OVER NEW YEAR’S COUNTING PERIOD
Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 2019 New Year’s holiday weekend. Last year, there were seven fatalities. The 2019 New Year’s counting period ran from 6 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 352 crashes, 112 injuries 7 fatalities and 127 DWI’s. The remaining fatality was investigated by the Columbia Police Department. Last year, the Patrol investigated 229 traffic crashes, 77 injuries and 5 of 7 fatalities. Troopers also arrested 129 people for driving while impaired last year. No boating crashes or drowning occurred this year or last.
January 2, 2019
MEXICO WOMAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH NEW YEARS DAY
The Highway Patrol said a Mexico driver was injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment following a one vehicle crash at 5:22 am Tuesday. The report indicated 33 year old Christina L. Clay was westbound on MO US 22, just west of Audrain County Road 935 when she swerved to miss a car and her auto went off the right side of the highway and struck an embankment. Clay was transported by Ambulance to the Mexico Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MEXICO MAN ARRESTED AFTER CHASE BY AUTHORITEIS
A Mexico man was arrested in Centralia after attempting to avoid arrest by fleeing. Authorities say Carl J. Dehn of Mexico was arrested near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 151 in Centralia Monday night. According to the report he was driving with an expired driver’s license and the plates on his vehicle had been altered. They had tried to stop him for a vehicle registration violation about 6:30 pm on New Year’s eve and was located after he crashed his vehicle and ran. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol assisted in the arrest and authorities discovered methamphetamine, scales and other drug paraphernalia. He was also on parole for 2nd degree robbery at the time of his arrest and now faces additional charges involving forgery, resisting arrest, delivering a controlled substance.
COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE SHOOTING
Columbia Police responded to Bodie Drive and Edenton Boulevard at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday for a report of shots heard. Evidence of shots fired was located at the scene. Shortly after responding to the shots heard call, police responded to the Break Time convenience store located at 1000 Smiley Lane for a report of an individual with a gunshot wound. It was confirmed the victim sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital. CPD is currently investigating both incidents to determine if they are related to each other. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
MOBERLY MAN INVOLVED IN FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING PEDISTRIAN
Columbia Police said the incident occurred as 65 year old Samuel T. Holer of Moberly was traveling southbound on Highway 63 near Prathersville Road at 6:46 pm Tuesday and as he came around a curve he observed the pedestrian standing in the middle of the right lane in dark clothing and was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The pedestrian was later pronounced deceased at the hospital and has been identified as 44 year old Jason L. Harvey of Lake Ozark, MO. The investigation is ongoing.